Yudhoyono & Co, Indonesia Bisa

Apr 20th, 2009, in News, by

Indonesia BisaWho president Yudhoyono will choose as his running mate for the “Indonesia Bisa” campaign.

An exit poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) at the April 9th general election on voters’ feelings towards the presidential election on July 8th found that when presented with 27 choices president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the field with just under 50% support.

When the field was narrowed down to six candidates potential voters gave these responses:

  • Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – 53%
  • Megawati Sukarnoputri – 16%
  • Prabowo Subianto – 10%
  • Jusuf Kalla – 5%
  • Sultan Hamengkubowo – 3%
  • Wiranto – 2%

When presented with only three choices: lsi

  • Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – 60%
  • Megawati Sukarnoputri – 19%
  • Jusuf Kalla – 8%

Given these figures it appears the main interest in the presidential election for now is the choice of running mate for SBY, who has chosen the phrase “Indonesia Bisa”/Indonesia Can, as his campaign theme.

Golkar have decided not to field a presidential candidate and will decide on April 23rd whether to renominate Jusuf Kalla for vice president, or another figure such as Agung Laksono, Sri Sultan Hamengkubowo X, Surya Paloh, Priyo Budi Santoso, Akbar Tandjung, or Aburizal Bakrie. Of these latter names Akbar Tanjung seems to have the most support.

Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) Secretary General Anis Matta threatened to pull out of the coalition with Partai Demokrat should the latter again choose Jusuf Kalla as SBY’s running mate, while ex-president of the PKS, Hidayat Nurwahid, later played down this possibility.

From the PKS itself names mentioned include Hidayat Nurwahid (although he is Javanese), current party president Tifatul Sembiring (not Javanese, from Sumatra, but not popular/well-known), and Anis Matta (from South Sulawesi).

The final decision rests with president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is likely to favour a non-Javanese, non-military, from eastern Indonesia candidate, someone possibly with better Islamic ‘credentials’ than he. It is thought he is looking for more of a “helper” figure, rather than an almost equal partner, such as Jusuf Kalla has been.

From Partai Amanat Nasional (PAN) Soetrisno Bachir (SB) has also been suggested as a running mate, by the party’s elder statesman Amien Rais.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama impersonator Ilham Anas, who fits none of the above criteria, has put himself forward regardless, but for the top job.

59 Comments on “Yudhoyono & Co, Indonesia Bisa”

  1. Mike Oxblack says:

    Bisa apa?

  2. David says:

    Make this symbol with their fingers, Mike.

  3. Mike Oxblack says:

    Is that the famous Partai Demokrat/Star Trek symbol?

  4. sputjam says:

    Those malaysian badminton fans who started the “malaysia boleh” slogan written on their banner in the thomas cup badminton finals against indonesia did not realise what they started.
    That slogan was picked up by mahathir, then Obama and now Yudhoyono.

  5. diego says:

    I want a president who doesn’t play with religion in the politics. Is that possible in Indonesia? Why are they all so banci?

  6. Chris says:

    I heard a few weeks ago that Indonesian movie star Nagabonar (a.k.a. Deddy Mizwar) had announced he was running for president. Has anyone heard anything more?

  7. David says:

    Ever ready with the pictures….Deddy Mizwar

    Deddy Mizwar

    RD his name was touted in late Feb, haven’t heard much since then, not surprisingly, and even though the odious Ahmad Dhani came out in his favour because Deddy was

    cukup relijius

  8. Mike Oxblack says:

    the odious Ahmad Dhani came out in his favour because Deddy was cukup relijius

    Well he is in his Sinetron roles by the looks of that super pic. What about real life though? I seem to remember a fair amount of Indonesian TV stars being in the headlines over the past few years for being shabu-shabu heads (or ‘Tweakers’ as they’re known in the West). How religious can a TV celeb. practically be?

  9. joao says:

    Malaysians only understand bisa as venom. I wonder what kind of ideas the people from negeri jiran will get about their Indon neighbours should they read about the SBY’s campaign theme in their newspapers.

    Btw, I still prefer Ilham Anas to SBY to be the next president of Indonesia.

  10. ultratupai says:

    I vote for Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

    Forbes Magazine lists her as the 23rd most powerful woman in the world

    “Since Indrawati’s 2005 appointment as Indonesia’s finance minister, the country’s foreign exchange reserves reached an all-time high of $50 billion, and foreign investment skyrocketed. She has fought against government corruption, created tax incentives and simplified investment laws. Her performance earned her a promotion. In June Indrawati was named to run the country’s economic affairs.”

    You can read a longer rational for my choice here at The Jakarta Urban Blog.

    It’s too bad the SBY has to compromise his choice for VP.

  11. diego says:

    I kind of like SBY-Sri Mulyani combo after reading the quote given by ultratupai. And yea, too bad, SBY has to worry about the coalitions. If I were him I’d say f*ck it, and choose whoever I think is the best for the performance of my team. If those monkeys in the DPR get in the way, I’ll simply disband it with a decree. The people are on my side, I’m on the winning side.

    Btw, why is politic has to be so complicated, so that the executive very often can’t take the best approach, because of worrying too much about the constellation. Take for example this narco problem in some latin american countries. I just can’t understand, what’s so difficult about getting rid of the narco. You know where they live, you know where the boss is, simply send your army and bombard their base from the air. Use the most powerful one you have to make sure they’re all dead. Of course there will be collateral damage, but, well, such is life. Done, and everybody will be happy, and get back to work.

  12. Pena Budaya says:

    I can’t stand reading news of recent political atmosphere in Indonesia after general election. These political parties were more concerned on power sharing rather than what best for people, their voters. Sickening.

  13. David says:

    Looks like Jusuf Kalla and Golkar are out of consideration for vp candidate, Golkar have for the moment at least pulled out of coalition talks with Demokrat, which does make it interesting now.

  14. Mike Oxblack says:

    Seems to a whole lot of internal Golkar tension that needs to be worked out. Kalla vs. Tanjung smack down.

  15. ultratupai says:

    Here’s the deal with GOLKAR. They should have never been allowed to reform after the demise of Suharto. It’s a Suharto party all the way, even Kalla said so in a speech he gave in Palembang which was reported by the Jakarta Post. Kalla is a tired old hack, an opportunist, and not worth having in the government especially if SBY needs to watch his back. Megawati is just simply ridiculous, an intellectual lightweight who already blew her one good chance. Come on SBY do something wild and crazy. Shake things up. You want some news? You want change? Indrawati for VP.

  16. David says:

    If those monkeys in the DPR get in the way, I’ll simply disband it with a decree.

    I was going to do a post on this as it’s kind of funny but… somebody called Daniel Sparinga from Universitas Airlangga says Indonesian parliamentarians are on the same level as those in Israel (?), Taiwan (brawlers), and Australia (lots of shouting) because they are, quote, low class people with little education who think they’re king dicks now they’re in the parliament. –


  17. Mike Oxblack says:

    Here’s the deal with GOLKAR. They should have never been allowed to reform after the demise of Suharto.

    Yes agreed, Golkar should’ve been disbanded if the country was in any way serious about reform.

  18. Mike Oxblack says:

    The Cohen/Kalla dream ticket!!

  19. David says:

    Kalla-Cohen….., Golkar nominated JK for president today, I guess it’s not a joke, because he seems so happy here in his own special awkward small man way…

  20. David says:

    In fact this one is better

  21. Odinius says:

    God, what were they thinking?

    Is it just me, or is Golkar being colossally stupid here? Kalla has no chance and their giving up the chance to be in the government.

  22. Mike Oxblack says:

    God, what were they thinking?

    Is it just me, or is Golkar being colossally stupid here? Kalla has no chance and their giving up the chance to be in the government.

    Indeed they are. VP is the best that mustachioed spiv will ever get. Still, FINALLY Golkar won’t be in the government. Wahey!!

  23. Odinius says:

    I’m no GOLKAR fan, but I worry more about some of the alternatives. PKS?! Hello Pornography Bill 2.0

    One added bonus of a Yusuf Kalla/Muhammed Cohen ticket, a new singkatan!


  24. David says:

    Well that is the thing, I’m sure the PKS is deliriously happy about this, they didn’t want Golkar in the coalition, esp. JK, mainly because their rank and file were against it, so it opens things up for them to have more influence.

  25. Mike Oxblack says:

    This was an interesting and worrying look at fundieness in Indonesia. Hopefully PKS will be shut out of the SBY coalition loop.


  26. David says:

    Yeah I’d read that, I think he’s being a bit optimistic that there is a Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammidiyah coalition to fight PKS, there is maybe but primarily at their liberal ends, LibForAll Foundation and Abdurrahman Wahid are pretty out on the fringes in many ways but still. Although the SMS Tolak Hidayat! are said to be coming from Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammidiyah people…

    ….Golkar may not be out of things entirely, I think Demokrat will be courting the Akbar Tandjung people there..but the smart money might be on either Hatta Rajasa from PAN or Sri Mulyani, who’s from PDIP but essentially would be an independent.

  27. Mike Oxblack says:

    Sri would surely be a tremendously popular choice both here and abroad. She’s everything Mega isn’t.

  28. PrimaryDrive says:

    Yes, please ALL support Sri Mulyani 🙂 Some more on her. She has the brain, the integrity, and by now should have the needed political skill. Some more one her:



  29. diego says:

    Any facebook created already for “support Sri Mulyani”? I’d be glad to become one of the fans.

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